March Madness

“Do not grow weary while doing good” (Galatians 6:9)

 

Basketball fans are all too familiar with this time of year. March brings out the best of college basketball. I understand that in the state of Alabama football will always be the number one sport of choice, but for many basketball is a close second. We will soon be seeing the “sweet sixteen” move to the “elite eight” down to the “final four”, and in just a few short weeks the best team in all of college basketball will be crowned. There is no question as to how that team became number one: they have for all purposes prepared to be the number one team. They have practiced, they have studied, and they have executed the plan well in order to achieve the status.  However, there is only one who will be crowned, despite all those who prepared.

 

Paul reminds us of this very concept and applies it spiritually: Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it  (1 Cor 9:24). Paul is in no way saying that “only one” will receive that prize of Heaven; we know the Bible is clear that Jesus is the author of eternal salvation to ALL those who OBEY (Hebrews 5:9).  Paul is reminding us that we should live our lives in a way that we can assured we will obtain the prize promised for those who are faithful. There is a separation of those who will be in Heaven and those who will not. Unfortunately, we know of some who believed they were doing right, who even taught in the name of Jesus, of whom Jesus says, I never knew you (Matt 7:21-23).

 

The difference in those who will be in Heaven and those who will not lies in their willingness to prepare. Whichever team wins the National Championship for college basketball will be the team which prepared. Likewise, as Paul reminds us, the difference in the individual who sees Heaven will be one who has prepared. God is a rewarder to those who diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6). The entire concept of diligence is our part of the plan God has provided. The diligence to follow the plan requires effort, it requires concentration, it requires focus, and it requires work on our part.

 

Satan is no fool and he is very good at what he does. This morning we will spend time on an all too common problem, both physically and spiritually, and the solutions that God provides. Don’t grow weary while doing good; the reward is too great, and others depend on you. The trip to Heaven is not an individual trip. The influence you have can mean the difference in eternity for those around you!

 

Ande Z

Activities:

Tuesday – All age devo @ Ande Z’s
Friday – Georgia (Piedmont Road – Leave at 5:00pm)

Sunday 03/10 – Area Wide Devo @ Adamsville

 

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